This week there has been a lot of discussion on TechCrunch and other sites as a result of this publication detailing how people don’t understand how their personal data is being used by social networks or search sites.
The essence of these articles puts into question whether your personal data is really being used with your permission or whether it is being stolen from you. Personal information is being traded and used for personal or targeted advertising. Quite simply your preferences and information is the product that is being sold. The big question about this approach is – Is it legal and ethical?
At the recent HyperCat IoT summit ARM’s Stephen Pattison stated that consumers should own their data.
“We must all accept consumers own their data and we need to make sure consumers have a good sense that they own their data.”
Along side this was a call for a Magna Carta on Data Privacy. What are your thoughts on this and do you feel we need to do more to protect and control our personal data?
Other interesting articles this week included:
- Privacy and data transparency key to IoT’s future – V3
- ITU creates IoT smart city standards study group – V3
- Tech firms need to use data ethically around the internet of things – The Guardian
What are your thoughts on these articles and how do you think personal information, use and ownership will change in the future?